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Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Drivers in Maryland have a duty to stay alert for pedestrians. When pedestrians are crossing the street within a crosswalk, drivers must stop and let them cross. This is made abundantly clear by yellow signs that display a large, red stop sign. Unfortunately, our Maryland pedestrian accident lawyers deal frequently with these types of accidents. Often, drivers are texting or otherwise distracted by something else on the road or in their own car, unconcerned with their surroundings. Then, it is the pedestrian who is left seriously injured.
Drivers may think that, because pedestrians do not pose a threat to them the way another motor vehicle does, that they do not need to be as careful. However, pedestrians do not have any of the safety technology that cars have. They are left unguarded and rely solely on the judgment of drivers for their protection. If you have been injured as a pedestrian by a motor vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation.
The Law in Maryland
As noted, the law in Maryland requires that drivers stop for pedestrians when they are walking within a crosswalk. But it. Does not stop there. Drivers must always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk, even when the light for the driver is green. Some less well-known laws in Maryland include the prohibition against blocking a crosswalk with your vehicle. Moreover, drivers may not pass another vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Even if the pedestrian has already passed the driver’s path and the coast appears clear, it is prohibited.
But unfortunately, not all the laws in Maryland favor pedestrians. Accordingly, it is imperative to contact a Maryland pedestrian accident lawyer for the laws applicable to your unique facts. One such law in Maryland which is unfavorable to pedestrians is found in §21-503 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. § 21-503(a) requires that a pedestrian crossing at any point other than in a marked crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching on the roadway. While this aids the flow of traffic, it can endanger pedestrians and permit a contributory negligence defense for a driver if you, the pedestrian, sues a driver. There are other provisions under §21-503 which also favor drivers.
While some laws in Maryland do favor drivers, under §21-504(a) of the Code, drivers are nonetheless required to exercise due care to avoid collisions with any pedestrian. If due care is not exercised by the driver, you may be entitled to compensation. But again, you must be weary of a contributory negligence defense and always be careful when crossing a street.
Types of Injuries
When a pedestrian is stuck by a motor vehicle, the extent of the injuries can be significant. Of course, pedestrians do not have as much protection as someone in a motor vehicle. But pedestrians have even less protection than most cyclists who should be wearing helmets and hopefully other forms of protection. Injuries arise from being struck and thrown into the air, knocked over the hood of the vehicle, or pushes forward and into another object. This can lead to disfiguring and debilitating injury. The most common injuries we have seen are broken bones, bruised and disfigured faces, broken teeth, internal bleeding, protruding bones, road rash, shards of glass stuck, permanent scarring, and many more gruesome injuries.
How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer can Help
There is a multitude of ways a Maryland pedestrian accident lawyer can help you when you are injured due to someone else’s negligence. The first thing you will receive is peace of mind. When you go through a life-altering experience, it can only help to have a seasoned attorney fighting on your side. Our lawyers simplify the process, spelling out exactly what needs to be done so you can receive the compensation you are entitled to based on your injuries.
One of the most frustrating things that can happen after you are in an accident is the driver’s insurance company gives you a lowball offer. They know what your case is worth based on plenty of experience. They know what to offer you to get you to go away. We will not let the insurance companies take advantage of you. Call today so you can focus on your recovery.
Contact a Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you have been hit by a car or truck, contact a Gelb & Gelb Maryland personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. Our trusted team has provided legal representation to Marylanders for nearly 70 years. We look forward to speaking with you.
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